DDP FAQs

1. What is the Training Needs Analysis (TNA)?

The training needs analysis is the process by which you identify what your training needs are and how you are going meet and evidence them. Further details about the TNA for new and continuing students can be found here

2. Why is the Doctoral Development Programme important?

Because it shows that you have the necessary skills not only to complete your doctoral study but also for your future employability and career advancement.

3. How will the DDP be assessed?

From September 2020 new students will be using an updated Training Needs Analysis (TNA), which embed the eight core competencies. Students will use the TNA to complete the Evidencing Development Summary as a final assessment of the DDP. 

Continuing students who started their Research Degree before September 2020, may choose to opt in to the new system or continue with the existing TNA summary and ePortfolio summary for their final assessment. 

4. When do I need to register for modules/seminars?

You are advised to register for DDP modules as soon as you have met and agreed your training needs with your supervisory team. Normally the modular courses start at the end of September and then in February, so we recommend that you enrol on any modules well in advance. Seminars and short courses take place throughout the year and they are booked on a first come first served basis.

5. Which course shall I attend? This is a decision you will make with your supervisory team after completing your Training Needs Analysis (TNA). As DDP is student specific, there is no prescribed route through the DDP. However, you must only register for courses you are able to fully commit to attending, and are strongly advised to only register for training that is essential for your needs. As a guideline we advise no more than 100 hours of training and development per year, including informal or non-modular opportunities. 
6. Are there any compulsory module(s) that I need to register on?

Some departments require their students to complete compulsory subject specific modules. If this is the case in your department, then you will automatically be registered for these. All students are also required to complete the Research Ethics & Integrity Module, which you will also be enrolled on automatically.

7. My supervisor has suggested a module that does not appear on the website, what should I do?

You must seek agreement from the module provider and then contact DDP Admin via the online enquiry form to officially register.

8. Where can I find the timetables for my modules?

Timetables for most modular courses are available on the Teaching Timetables website.  If the timetable information of your chosen module(s) are not available, you must contact the module provider directly.

9. I registered for a module by mistake, how can I unregister?

You must send an email to DDP Admin via the online enquiry form.

10. How can I change or drop modules?

Any change must be agreed with your supervisor in the first instance. You should then contact DDP Admin to make the necessary changes to your DDP registration.

11. Do I need to complete the module assessments?

PGRs are not expected to complete the assessments for optional courses - the assessments are intended for Master's students taking the course for credit as part of their programme of study. 

12. Why can't I register for a module through the DDP Portal?

The registration window must be closed. Contact DDP Admin who will officially register you on the appropriate module(s) manually.

13. What if I am studying away from the University?

Most taught modules take place on campus, however an increasing number of workshops are being delivered online - check the description in the registration system. Some research skills training is also available online via the Virtual Graduate School. As a remote location student you are still required to fully engage with the DDP, so should ensure that you source the training identified through your Training Needs Analysis.

14. I am a cross-sessional doctoral student, who arrived after the main registration period, how do I register?

If you arrive in Sheffield after registration week, which is towards the end of September, then you should follow the same steps as highlighted in the DDP Portal. Please pay particular attention to the start date for training courses/modules you wish to take to ensure they are timely for you. This may mean you have to delay the start of some of the DDP training until the beginning of a future semester.

15. I am a mature doctoral student with no career aspirations, carrying out a research degree after taking early retirement?

The Training Needs Analysis will establish the need, or lack of need, for training based upon any students future goals. This should be carried out through the DDP.

16. What if I need training in something not offered in the programme?

If there are particular generic skills courses that you would like offered, please get in touch with DDP Admin. If there are enough other students interested, then we may be able to help.

17. Any other questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact DDP Admin.